The Aztec Ballgame where the Losers were Sacrificed


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The Aztec Ballgame where the Losers were Sacrificed



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Whichever form the ballgame best served the society in which it was played, ōllamaliztli and pitz made up a huge part of Meso-American political and cultural life.
With the Spanish conquest, the game’s widespread adoption suffered a gradual decline, in part because the new masters saw it as barbaric.

Sacrificial victims have been documented, including defeated noble players, coaches, and sometimes entire teams!

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Sources:

Sports, Games, and Gambling in the Aztec World By Martin Wasserman
Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5 – 8 By Michael Kramme
The Aztecs Under Spanish Rule: A History of the Indians of the Valley of New Mexico By Charles Gibson
“Ulama”, the Survival of the Mesoamerican Ballgame Ullamaliztli
Ted J. J. Leyenaar

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  1. Sports are stupid….. and this just may be one of the dumbest sports I've heard of. Let's ruin our bodies with a solid 6 pound rubber ball ! I swear sports are one of the dumbest ways humans destroy their bodies.

  2. This looks like it would be very boring to watch, besides the thought of how they move the heavy ball it seems like a boring way to waste time. Also like every other sport its most likely for stupid people.

  3. ruber balls made specifically with morning glory plants…. suddenly some how i feel like hallucinogens were involved in this plan in one way or another….

  4. Native american enviromentalist: We Natives have always respected and cherished Mother Nature

    Me: I guess the Meso-americans dindn't get the memo, since they cut down hundreds of thousands of trees every year to make their rubber balls XD

  5. As a 100% mexican, i can tell… This Is accurate as heaven. Well done, Simple History; sin ofender en absoluto, esperaba algunas fallas históricas terribles. Pero hasta donde hemos podido averiguar (como humanos), sus datos son correctos. Mi miedo por la posible aparición de grandes errores es debido a la terrible reputación que tienen estas asombrosas civilizaciones pre-hispanicas por sus sacrificios y a los estereotipos estadounidenses y europeos acerca de México.

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